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    Chikomba CEO’s sick leave raises eyebrows



    ELLEN MLAMBO
    CHIVHU BUREAU

    CHIKOMBA – Chikomba Residents and Rate Payers Alliance has complained against the sick leave of the chief executive officer Luckson Mutara which they claim has been prolonged to the extent that it is now affecting the smooth running of the local authority's affairs.
    They also said they were not clear whether the chief executive who has been away from duty since February is really on sick leave or he is camped in Zambia where he is understood to be studying for a doctorate.
    Rate Payers Alliance Chairman, Collen Zvarevashe told The Mirror in an interview that there is a limit to sick leaves and when they go beyond a certain period then one must resign on medical grounds and pave way for a new person.
    He said that his organisation was going to petition the Acting District Administrator Biriat Tasarira against the CEO and copy the petition to the chairman for clarification of the sick leave.
    Efforts to get a comment from Mutara were fruitless but council chairman Pardon Mudzimu however confirmed that the CEO is on sick leave and pursuing a doctorate in Zambia at the same time.
    He said accusations that Mutara was on sick leave in order to pursue his doctorate studies were baseless.
    "Who said if one falls ill, he should not undertake studies. Everyone knows that the CEO is ill and he had a major operation but to say that he should not pursue studies is baseless. He is registered for a doctorate in Zambia.
    "Ko kana munhu achirwara haachaite doctrate here? He had a major operation and his illness was known by everyone," said Mudzimu.
    Mudzimu however, could not say when Mutara went on sick leave or when he would come back to work
    Efforts to get a comment from Minister of  Rural Development  Abednigo Ncube were fruitless.
    Labour law expert Rodgers Matsikidze said workers are paid full for the first 90 days that they are on sick leave and this is cut to 50% for the next 90 days.
    "If one continues on sick leave after 180 days, the case is then taken to a medical board which decides on the termination of employment on medical grounds," Matsikidze said.
    It could not be established whether Mutara's doctorate studies were sponsored by Council or from personal finances
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